Biden Human Rights Nominee Withdraws Over Criticism Of Israel Statements

Sarah Margon, President Biden's nominee for assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, withdrew her name from consideration this week amid Republican concern about her past statements on Israel.

  • “At present, I don’t see a path forward for confirmation, and after 1 ½ years, it’s time to move on,” Margon said. “I will continue to work on democracy and human rights.”
  • Margon says she withdrew, Biden did not pull her nomination, which he put forth in April 2021.
  • Her past social media post drew particular opposition from Senate Foreign Relations Committee GOP Sen. Jim Risch, who accused her of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
  • BDS advocates for pressuring, boycotting and isolating Israel politically, economically and culturally in protest of itpolicies and how they interact with the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
  • Margon has denied supporting that movement.
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